Cats will take time about NBA decisions

Knight, Jones, Lamb, Miller consider NBA

jtipton@herald-leader.comApril 8, 2011 

Several Kentucky basketball players must make decisions about entering this year's NBA Draft. Those include; (clockwise, from top-left) Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller.

Families of several Kentucky basketball players acknowledged Thursday decisions must be made about whether to play for UK next season or enter this year's NBA Draft.

"He's in the process of figuring that out," Tonya Knight said of her son, freshman point guard Brandon Knight. "He hasn't made a decision. Neither have we."

The same was true for fellow freshman Terrence Jones, his aunt, Ava Mashia, said.

"He's young," she said. "It's a big decision for him."

His aunt said Jones was seeking advice from friends and family, including cousin Damon Stoudamire, a former NBA player. "He can tell him what to expect," she said.

Brian Miller, the father of UK junior Darius Miller, said he was letting his son relax for a while before deciding whether to enter this year's NBA Draft or, at the very least, get a feel for how the NBA views his worth.

UK's season ended Saturday with a one-point loss to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Final Four semifinals.

Calvin Lamb, the father of freshman Doron Lamb, said his son was leaning toward playing for UK again next season.

"I think he's coming back," said the elder Lamb, who added that he needed to speak with his son about the decision.

"I told him it would be good to have one more year (of college basketball) under his belt," Calvin Lamb said.

As a freshman, his son "wasn't really himself in the way he played," the elder Lamb said. "He didn't have that freedom. Next year, he'll show Kentucky fans (his talent)."

When asked what fans would see next season that they didn't see this season, Calvin Lamb said, "You'll see more aggressive play. That you'll definitely see. You'll see intensity."

Tonya Knight said the family would discuss the decision within the next two weeks.

The deadline for entering the draft is April 24. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement with its players expires June 30, which clouds any decision to turn pro.

"I think that's why a lot of kids are a little hesitant," Terrence Jones' aunt said.

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